We provide support towards the protection of Zimbabwe’s wildlife in the Zambezi River Valley’s Protected Areas under the jurisdiction of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. These collectively include UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and two Trans Frontier Conservation Areas
The Lower Zambezi Valley’s vast and wild Protected Areas are patrolled by
dedicated ZimParks’ Ranger Patrol Units
Our projects address the vital needs of antipoaching Rangers in their brave fight against the terrible poaching scourge for rhino horn and elephant ivory
The children of Rangers need nurturing and education in conservation
The Tashinga Initiative addresses needs identified within Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Region’s wildlife protected areas such as Ranger Antipoaching Operations and Training; Solar Power for water pumping and energy provision to Ranger stations; VHF and VSAT Communications across Middle and Lower Zambezi Valley protected areas; the building of new Ranger antipoaching bases, Ranger Outposts and Antipoaching Operations Centres; Infrastructure rehabilitation; support towards the deployment of Ranger patrols, the provision of vehicles and boats, Ranger child education, playground, and Ranger community well-being, focused on food security through all-important vegetable gardens.
Zimbabwe’s Wildlife Authority welcomes private sector investment in its unique protected areas which represent 13% of the country. Local and foreign NGO and private sector efforts through the past decades in support of ZPWMA have been key towards a more secure environment for its wildlife. Tashinga Initiative is proud to be a part of this protected effort for wildlife and depends strongly on Philanthropic support for its projects in Middle and Lower Zambezi’s wildlife protected areas.
THE TASHINGA INITIATIVE
We provide support to the protection of Zimbabwe’s wildlife in the Zambezi River Valley’s Protected Areas under the jurisdiction of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. These collectively include UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and two Trans Frontier Conservation Areas.
Against the backdrop of highly intensified poaching scourge for ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat and fish the Project addresses the lack of operational capacity, illegal activity, unsustainable resource use and the needs of Ranger communities who are key to the ultimate protection of each National Park and Safari Area.
Inadequate budgets for conservation effort puts prize wildlife species, such as rhino and elephant at extremely high risk from poachers, and this risk currently is escalating. Despite all challenges, committed field Rangers continue to log high rates of arrests and convictions in their antipoaching operations. This is very much a result of generous donor support for these incredibly hardy, brave and determined Zimbabwean Rangers. The Trust has operated for 13 years.